Wellness Benefits of Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root


The human body is an amazing machine. Every organ has a specific purpose and when they are all functioning properly, the body is well balanced and healthy.

Located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen just beneath the diaphragm, the liver has a very important job to do. As the blood circulates through the body, it passes through various organs. After it passes through the intestines and stomach, it goes through the liver. There it breaks down, creates, and balances the nutrients. It also filters the blood and carries waste products away from the organ.

Other functions of the liver include:

  • Converts glucose to glycogen for energy storage

  • Filtering and purifying the blood of any drugs or toxic substances

  • Produces bile that aids in digestion

  • Processes hemoglobin

  • Regulates blood clotting

When the liver is not doing what it is supposed to do, the entire body is affected. Fortunately, there are two herbal remedies that are extremely effective in supporting healthy liver function: milk thistle and dandelion root.

What is Milk Thistle?


Milk thistle (Silybum Marianum) is a flowering plant with prickly leaves and is related to the ragweed and the daisy. It is native to Europe, but early U.S. colonists brought it to North America. It is now found all through the United States, Africa, South America, Asia, and Australia. 

Milk thistle is also known as holy thistle and Mary thistle, which contains silymarin, an active compound with strong antioxidant properties. The plant is widely known to promote good liver health and encourage a better balance of glucose in the blood.

Several studies have been conducted on milk thistle, many showing it to be an effective herbal supplement. It is also well tolerated when taken in the commonly recommended doses.


Milk Thistle Benefits


One of the main milk thistle benefits is its ability to support liver function. It can help this vital organ function better and more efficiently. 

There are several milk thistle benefits that make it a valuable supplement for the body.

  • It helps with liver damage from harmful toxins.
  • Its antioxidant properties help to strengthen the immune system.

You can take a milk thistle supplement in capsule form, in tea, and as a tincture. In tincture form, it is more concentrated and better balanced, so you get the optimal dosage.

What is Dandelion Root?



Dandelion root is a common plant found throughout North America, but also common throughout Northern Hemisphere regions that have a more temperate climate. However, they are native to Europe. It is also called lion’s tooth and blowball. The dandelion is a member of the sunflower family.

Many people see dandelion growing in their yards and dismiss it as a common weed. It is far from it. It is a very good, natural diuretic used in various foods like salads, teas, and soups. The flower, stem, and root can be used. It has a wide variety of uses, but one of the best known is its support of the liver.

Dandelion Root Benefits



Dandelion root (taraxacum officinale) benefits are well known, especially its benefits for the liver. Studies have shown that it can support healthy liver function and it prevents oxidative stress and support the structure of the outer cell membrane of liver cells. Other dandelion root health benefits include:

  • Supports bone health
  • Promotes healthy skin 
  • Boosts immunity
  • Eases constipation
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Promotes blood sugar management

Who knew this common weed that is probably growing in your yard right now could pack such a healthful punch? It is very beneficial to the body and helps to keep it functioning as it should. There are so many great benefits to be gained from this little supplement.

If you consider taking dandelion root, you can take it as a dietary supplement, tea, or tincture.

Benefits of Taking Both Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root

Milk thistle has been largely used for liver health while dandelion root supports the digestive tract. Although these herbs have different intended uses, there can be some complementary benefits.

What is TincTract?


Cedar Bear’s tinctures are made with a unique proprietary process that we like to call TincTract. Both our milk thistle tincture and our dandelion root tincture are made using this process.

TincTract supplements are not just a tincture. They are not just an extract. They are so much more and more effective than both tinctures and extracts.

This process makes the herbs both bio-utilizable and bio-available. This means that every single drop is available for your body to use and the moment you take it, it begins working to support and enhance your health and wellbeing.

But that isn’t all that TincTract does for our supplements. It also makes them taste better. So, you get great-tasting supplements that work well and help you achieve many of your health goals in a delicious, efficient, and effective way.

You can’t get much better than that

Herbal Tinctures from Cedar Bear

Now that you know the benefits of milk thistle and dandelion root you can take steps to incorporate them into your daily routine. 

At Cedar Bear, we make that part easy. Our dandelion root and milk thistle tinctures, just like all our tinctures, are 100% alcohol-free and have no dairy, gluten, or preservatives. They are also free from artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and synthetic colors. 

We have the best herbal tinctures, and it shows. Every single bottle is carefully prepared with minimal ingredients of the highest quality.

When your purchase any of our tinctures, you get herbs that are either selectively cultivated, ethically wild-harvested, or organically grown. They are also all vegan-certified, Kosher-certified, non-GMO, and FDA cGMP compliant. 

In short, when you choose herbal remedies from Cedar Bear, you make a great choice for your family’s health – and your own.

We offer both milk thistle tincture and dandelion root supplements.

1. Milk Thistle Extract

Our milk thistle seed tincture contains milk thistle seed, USP-grade vegetable glycerin, and purified water. It is great for supporting healthy digestion, a healthy liver, and healthy gallbladder function. It is also a very good supplement for breastfeeding mothers.

The silymarin that is found in milk thistle is what gives it its regenerative properties. Silymarin is a potent antioxidant, helping to protect against free radical damage – and it helps protect the liver. In turn, the immune system is protected as well as healthy cells in the body.

This powerful protection creates a trickle-down effect encouraging better health in several areas, including better cholesterol levels, better blood sugar levels, and a healthier gallbladder. This is all in addition to a healthier liver and better, more efficient digestion. 

Our tincture is the best milk thistle supplement on the market. It is pure, high-grade, and effective.

Milk Thistle TincTract is also found in these supplements by Cedar Bear:

  • Brain Booster
  • Liver Build
  • Thyro Calm
  • Blood Sugar Support
  • Herbal Detox
  • Herbal Detox - Kids

The suggested dosage is 1/8 teaspoon up to three times a day (or as needed).

2. Dandelion Root

While we no longer have our dandelion root extract, we do have various supplements that incorporate dandelion root. Dandelion supports healthy digestion and a healthier immune system so it's very valuable as an herbal supplement.

Dandelion has been used as a natural herbal remedy for centuries. Its first documented use was in the Middle East in the ninth century. It made its way to the North American continent in the 1600s, courtesy of the early English colonists. The indigenous people of North America quickly recognized the plant’s value as an effective natural remedy, and they started using it for medicinal purposes as well.

The main area it is used for healthy digestion. It works very well on the liver and gallbladder to help cleanse and improve function, so your body functions more effectively – and you feel better.

Dandelion Root TincTract is also found in these supplements by Cedar Bear:

  • Kidney & Bladder
  • Kidney Kool - Kids
  • Coat Care - Pets

The suggested dosage is .5 ml (10 drops) up to three times a day (or as needed). You can find the full ingredient lists on each product page.

When you are ready to include milk thistle and dandelion root supplement formulas into your diet, look to Cedar Bear first. We are the best online supplement store out there. Shop with us today or give us a call if you have any questions. We’re happy to help.

Your health is important, and you want to preserve it the best way you can. That means only the best supplements should go into your body and you should take supplements that are free from all the stuff you don’t want and chock full of all the pure herbs that you do want.

If you want to look and feel healthier, our online herbal supplement store is a great place to start.

It's important to note that this blog was for informational purposes, with the goal of providing some benefits of milk thistle extract and dandelion root. Please do not substitute this information from your healthcare provider's advice.